The Not Your Average Lives Podcast
Making Fitness A Fun Adventure, with Kelly Howard

Making Fitness A Fun Adventure, with Kelly Howard

August 2, 2022

EP247: This week's interview is with Kelly Howard, the Fitness Consistency Coach with a touch of Adventure! Kelly helps busy women prioritize their fitness so they can feel great and have more time and energy for the things they love. She believes when you feel strong, confident, and empowered, you can do anything. She currently calls Houston, Texas, home but can often be found kayaking rivers and traveling trails worldwide.

Kelly has focused her program in helping women to enjoy fitness that leads to consistency. ​​Her Fit is Freedom podcast, courses, events (and a book coming out this fall) have changed the lives of thousands of women. She’s also the creator of the FOX TV Outdoor Adventure series.

In this episode, Kelly and I talked about:

  • Her definition of "fitness consistency" and why she built a brand around that term
  • The importance of connecting with nature and how it helps our well-being
  • What made her evaluate her own health and the action she took to improve it
  • Valuable fitness tips that will help with consistency in fitness goals

In this interview, Kelly talks about her love of white water kayaking. As an avid hiker and biker, it's clear she loves adventure sports. She believes that adventure and outdoor activity is one of the foundations of fitness because it makes fitness fun.

 

To learn more about Kelly and what she does, you can go to:

Website: www.fitisfreedom.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kellyhoward

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-howard-fitisfreedom/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fit_is_freedom/

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com     

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright     

Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma     

Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma     

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@grandmawhoisnotaverage    

 

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The Lessons Of The Invisible Staircase

The Lessons Of The Invisible Staircase

July 30, 2022

EP246: In this episode I share a concept I learned from the book “You Are Awesome” by Neil Pasricha. I loved hearing his explanation of the invisible staircase and how we tend to get stuck because we can’t “see” the steps ahead of us. 

Neil backs this concept up with facts, sharing studies that have been done that explain how our human brain works to keep us from thinking positively about the future when we hit a roadblock in life. As he also explained, it’s helpful to look back and see the steps we’ve already taken and how we kept climbing in spite of past roadblocks which is something I encourage you to do after listening to this episode.

I also explain a concept I came up with when thinking about sharing this today… The staircase landing! 

Think about what a landing is… A stop on the way to the next step. It’s quite possible you’ve found yourself lingering for too long at a point on your staircase of life, hesitating on taking a step forward due to fear of the unknown. I know I’ve done that!!! Because if we can’t “see” what’s ahead, it must be bad, right?! 

And maybe this concept resonates because you find yourself on a landing right now…

Listen in and learn the valuable lessons of the invisible staircase and how you can use it to understand that the faster you take the next step, the sooner you will get out of that bad place you may be standing (or sitting!) in. 

It’s just as Neil says: You are simply doing a crappy job of picturing what lies ahead! Because we ALL do that! So how about you start the practice of picturing the things you WANT in your life? What a great idea!

After hearing this lesson, you’ll likely realize how obvious it is that when you have faith that better things will come and you create a positive picture of the things you desire, the more quickly you’ll take the next step. 

So don’t delay on taking that next step on your invisible staircase of life!!!

Amd enjoy the climb!

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Q2 Guest Highlights: Exemplifying How To Live A Not Your Average Life

Q2 Guest Highlights: Exemplifying How To Live A Not Your Average Life

July 28, 2022

EP245: This a compilation episode that includes clips of all guest episodes from Quarter 2 of this year (April 1st through June 30th). If one of the clips resonates with you and you want to hear the entire interview, just click on the related episode link from below.

EP211: A Surgeon’s Career Derailed And Revived By Stress with Dr. Tami Berry

EP214: Same Words, Different Voice, Better Connection, with Katherine Beck

EP216: From Political Organizer to Energy Healer with Dr. Alison J. Kay

EP218: From Quitter To Finisher with Children’s Book Author, Cindy Williams Schrauben 

EP220: A Beautiful Memoir About Growing Through Grief With Donna Yates Ferris

EP222: How Searching For Stress Relief Led To A New Passion, with Leslie Bosch

EP224: Using S.M.A.C.K. To Help With Procrastination With Dr. Christine Li

EP226: Pivoting into Deeper Purpose In Your Second Half with Jen Rigley

EP230: Case Study: From Miserable To Hopeful To Happy with Frederica Wagner

EP232: Case Study: From Long Covid to Job Loss to Cancer to Dream Life with Denise Hughes

EP234: The Doula Decision That Changed Her Life with Valerie Trumbower

EP236: Geeking Out With What She Loves In Retirement, with Jill McCarthy

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From People-Pleasing To Homeless To Living Her Dream Life, with Brenda Florida

From People-Pleasing To Homeless To Living Her Dream Life, with Brenda Florida

July 26, 2022

EP244: This week’s guest is Brenda Florida, a certified life coach, speaker and podcast host. She specializes in facilitating the transformation from people pleasing into self-love. She’s a strong believer that when we love ourselves we can give to others out of our overflow.

Brenda’s dream transformation didn’t go as planned - when she quit her job to go full time in her coaching business, everything went wrong. She eventually ended up being homeless for 2 years and couch surfing, but through her mindset and perseverance, she now IS living that dream life she had envisioned, with a place of her own 2 blocks from the beach and seeing the business she loves growing and thriving.

In this episode, Brenda and I talked about:

  • The story of her growth trajectory and how she shares her lived experience in her coaching
  • The biggest lessons she’s learned in life, especially from her homeless experience
  • How her perspective on money shifted, as she focused on abundance, even when it seemed she had very little
  • Why she decided to start a podcast about people-pleasing

Her life struggle is an inspirational message about perseverance, tenacity and possibilities. It's her personal story of how you can create the feeling or states of being that you want, even when your environment looks very different.

 

To learn more about Brenda and her work, you can go to:

Website: www.brendaflorida.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brendafloridacoach/ 

Podcast: https://liberateyourpeoplepleaser.podbean.com/ 

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com    

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright    

Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma    

Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma    

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@grandmawhoisnotaverage   

 

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The Lesson In Fully Embracing Purpose

The Lesson In Fully Embracing Purpose

July 22, 2022

EP243: I start this episode by talking about the downloads I received - the thoughts that came to me when I got silent as I was contemplating how to share this breakthrough with my listeners. These downloads were about:

  • How I see the pursuit of purpose as two important steps and why so many of us stop after the first step, leaving their purpose at just the inkling stage without any real pursuit, which is really sad.

  • The three key components of the "finding purpose" puzzle that I explain and how they led me to finding my later-in-life purpose, so you have a real life example.

I finish the episode by explaining the aha that came to me, after my coach pointed my blind spot, which had to do with why I had veered away from talking about my purpose. It's a common blind spot among business owners who want all of their clients to succeed so if you're a business owner who has already found your purpose, this part of the episode may be helpful to you.

The great thing about breakthroughs is that, once that obstacle is cleared, the downloads come, along with so much clarity!

So no more piddling around, talking about things that don't truly move the needle and speak to the incredible transformation my program provides which is finding the spark that will get you started down the path to a purposeful second half of life.

If a more purposeful life resonates with you and you're ready to get going on that beautiful, adventure-filled, and exciting hike, let me be your guide!!! My program is all you need to light your way! (Just reach out to me on one of my social media channels or email me and I'll help you get started ASAP!)

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You are Never Too Old to Ignite A New Spark, with Kim Selby

You are Never Too Old to Ignite A New Spark, with Kim Selby

July 19, 2022

EP242: This week’s guest interview is with Kim Selby, a woman with a varied background including advertising, public relations, fashion, acting, travel, motivational speaking, and raising a couple of awesome kids and who is constantly reinventing herself.

She started her career in New Your City, working in advertising, PR and as a traveling Merchandising Editor at Glamour magazine. Act 2 took her to San Francisco, because she had “dated everyone in New York,” and that was a good thing because shortly thereafter she met her soulmate, got married, and had two glorious children, filling her time by volunteering as PTA president as well as other activities. 

Kim has a super fun and vibrant personality and is a great example of how to embrace Act 3 of your life. She is currently being fueled by her love of speaking and her “Ignite Your Spark” podcast, And she’s living by her motto and inspiring those of us over 50 that “you are never too old” by getting her first modeling gig at age 64!

In this episode, Kim and I talked about:

  • The story behind what prompted her to start a podcast last year at age 64.
  • A shocking revelation that she discovered by accident right after her mom died.
  • Her love for motivational speaking and how that desire surfaced at a young age.
  • The actions she took to give more meaning to her “empty nest” stage of life.

I loved our high energy conversation and how Kim walks her talk. She’s such a great example of how to stay vibrant by leaning into what excites you and pursuing your passions regardless of age.

To learn more about Kim and her work, you can go to:

Website: https://www.kimduffselby.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimduffselby/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimduffselby/ 

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com   

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright   

Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma   

Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma   

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@grandmawhoisnotaverage  

 

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The Lesson In Dot Dot Dot (…)

The Lesson In Dot Dot Dot (…)

July 15, 2022

EP241: I got this great concept about how you can use an ellipsis to adjust your mindset from a new book I'm listening to called "You Are Awesome." I ran across this book recently and it looked decent so I downloaded it with one of my many Audible credits and I am LOVING IT. In fact, I'd say this book about being awesome is awesome!!! lol!

I love finding great books that shift how we can look at things and this is one of those, taking a simple sentence and switching its punctuation so it turns from a negative into a positive. Just brilliant!

I much prefer reading a book vs. listening, but I'm loving the author's voice and the way he presents the material in this audio book, like he's right in the room talking to me.

Listen in and see if replacing a period - for a recent setback or obstacle you are currently facing that you may be using in your sentence of your life story - with a dot dot dot, gives you new hope for what may unfold in the future and helps you to keep moving forward because change will come, and I believe having this little mindset hack will get you over the “feeling in the dump” hump sooner.

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It’s Never Too Late To Learn To Play The Ukulele, with Matt Parkin

It’s Never Too Late To Learn To Play The Ukulele, with Matt Parkin

July 12, 2022

EP240: My guest this week is Matt Parkin, founder of The Awesome Ukulele Academy who can teach anyone how to play a song on the ukulele in under 3 sessions! His virtual school was his reaction to the pandemic, which means it’s one of the positive outcomes because Matt is now able to take his expertise anywhere in the world and awaken the musician in those of us who have always wanted to learn to play an instrument.

After playing in “dodgy” rock bands in the late 80’s and 90’s, Matt moved from the UK to Andalusia to raise his 3 children and chickens and to make furniture.

At the age of 45, he discovered a love of teaching, by pure coincidence, which led him to go back to school and get his degree. When the parents realized how much fun their children were having, he started teaching them too. And now, after taking his ukulele teaching talents to the internet, he has a thriving multi-six figure business teaching adults worldwide how to play what he calls “the easiest instrument ever!”

In this episode, Matt and I talked about:

  • His evolution from professional rock musician to music teacher.
  • His transition from in-person to online teaching and how the medium accelerates the learning process. 
  • How learning just one song has so many positive benefits and how anyone, at any age, can do it.
  • The importance of having fun and doing what you love.

Matt hopes to inspire you that it’s never too late and you are never too old to do what you want to do, whether that’s learning an instrument, setting up a business or going to Nepal. Seize the day - life is finite. 

I so enjoy interviewing guests like Matt who are impacting the world in big ways by doing what they love. He injected so much energy into me just by the enthusiasm he exuded so get ready because it is contagious!

To learn more about Matt and his work, you can go to:

Website:  https://theawesomeukuleleacademy.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theawesomeukuleleacademy 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theawesomeukuleleacademy/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themattparkin 

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright  
Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma  
Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma  
Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@grandmawhoisnotaverage 

 

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The Lesson In Not Getting What You Want

The Lesson In Not Getting What You Want

July 8, 2022

EP239: How many times have you wanted something and not gotten it? And when that happens, what is your reaction? Can you remember a situation recently and how you handled it?

I ask because this recently happened to me. I failed at achieving one of my goals. And THAT led to the inspiration for this episode, as well as a new process I just came up with while brainstorming this subject - the 4 Ws. (I love it when something amazing happens from inspired action!)

In this episode I talk about how I’ve learned to shift my thoughts when I don’t get what I want. I used to dwell on the negative instead of looking for the lessons. But now I’m able to pull myself out of that negative energy so much more quickly. It’s made such a difference and given me so much insight on what I now don’t ever perceive as failures.

I also share a specific example of a failed goal from 4 years ago that turned me towards a completely different path, but ultimately towards a more a more fulfilling life that I now know was the right path, even though I couldn’t see it in the midst of that failure at the time.

Below I’ve listed the 4 Ws that will help you remember what to ask yourself after you experience a situation where you don’t get what you want. Use them to help you move you into a more proactive and positive place instead of a reactive and negative one. 

  • WHAT
  • WINS
  • WHY
  • WHETHER

To get the specifics of what each W means and the process to go through, tune into the episode!

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Real Stories Of Becoming Who You Were Meant To Be with Ryan Lesser

Real Stories Of Becoming Who You Were Meant To Be with Ryan Lesser

July 5, 2022

EP238: This week’s interview is with Ryan Lesser, Co-Founder and Life Coach at InnerShift. I met Ryan through his partner, Alex Paulos, who invented a unique personality typing methodology where your genetic characteristics are “read” to tell you who you were really born to be.

This reading includes an overall assessment of your general character as well as your unique personality traits, and lets you know if you’ve been operating in alignment with your inborn personality type or if you’ve been operating with a chosen personality that you’ve adopted, thinking it will help you more easily navigate life.

What happens when you don’t operate as the person you were born to be, you aren’t living in your truth - it’s like you are walking around with a mask on - which will take you off course and away from your true path and purpose. 

People who operate from a chosen personality often find themselves frustrated and feeling stressed, which will ultimately cause health challenges due to the impact of constant stress on the body. One must live from a place of authenticity, knowing who they are and the ways in which they are gifted, in order to find true fulfillment in life.

When I first heard about this methodology, I jumped at the chance to have a reading and found that I had been living most of my life out of alignment with my inborn personality, which I’ve since learned is about 70% of our population! 

The discovery of this unique methodology has made such a difference in my life that I’ve since been personally trained by Alex Paulos and have incorporated these sessions into my Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™ to ensure that my students are creating their goals and dreams in alignment with their most authentic self and not from the imposter they may be operating as. 

Being able to witness the transformational experiences my students get in finally becoming who they are meant to be has been a coach's dream. So I thought it would be fun and inspiring to invite Ryan on to talk about some of the recent transformations we’ve seen. 

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Ryan first got interested in personalities, got introduced to Alex, and started InnerShift.
  • What the “typing” experience is like and what happens during a session.
  • Sharing real stories of the before and after shifts that occurred with a few of Laurie’s students after learning about their inborn personalities and traits.

If you want to learn more about Ryan, the unique Paulos Typing Methodology, and how it has impacted Laurie’s students, tune in to this episode now.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the Paulos Typing methodology and hear from the creator himself, Alex Paulos, I encourage you to listen to the following podcast episode I did with him back in September of 2020: EP57: Are You Really Showing Up Authentically With Alex Paulos

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma 

Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma 

 

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